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Mini Goldendoodles: 21 Things to Know

Considering adding a perfect, cuddly teddy bear to your family? Or wanting to learn more about your mini Goldendoodle? Look no further than these 21 important facts about mini Goldendoodles. This breed produces the cutest and kindest puppies that are perfect for families and first time dog owners. Their goofy personalities and petite size are what make the mini Goldendoodle the most loved breed right now! Fox Creek Farm Goldendoodles and Bernedoodles is the original creator of the mini Goldendoodle, the information below has been gathered from reputable breeding since 1999.

1. The Mini Goldendoodle

The F1 mini Goldendoodle is a mixed breed produced by crossing a miniature Poodle with a Golden Retriever (the F1 standard Goldendoodle is the first to be bred and is a cross product of a standard Poodle and Golden Retriever). These miniature Goldendoodles can grow to approximately 25-45 lbs and most have a much reduced amount of shedding. This cross between mixed breeds creates the fun, family-friendly mini Goldendoodle that we love today.

2. Reputable Breeders

Miniature Goldendoodle breeders can be accredited by the Goldendoodle Association of North America indicating that the breeder is dedicated to breeding the healthiest dogs. Breeders that possess this certification have extensively tested their respective dog breeds in various areas of health, such as the hips, elbows, heart, patella, and eyes. These breeders are committed to producing dogs with the best temperament and health possible. To do so, every dog must be tested before being bred to prevent the passing of undesirable traits on to the miniature Goldendoodle.

3. GoldenDoodle Breed Standard

Knowing the Goldendoodle Breed Standard before searching for a mini Goldendoodle breeder is essential in ensuring that your new puppy is being bred ethically and correctly. Breeders who follow this standard are reputable and can be found on the GANA website. The standard ensures that every Goldendoodle being bred is healthy and suitable for the next generation of mini Goldendoodles. The standard includes several requirements such as general appearance, size, portion, and substance range, temperament, and overall health measures. Ensuring each dog bred meets these criteria is crucial in breeding healthy mini Goldendoodles that are made for being the perfect companion.

4. Generations

Understanding the Goldendoodle generations can assist in your search for your mini Goldendoodle. As mentioned before, the miniature Goldendoodle is a miniature Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever. The F1B Goldendoodle is another generation of Goldendoodle that is the product of a F1 Goldendoodle and a Poodle. Multigen mini Goldendoodles are also possible. This is a cross between two mini Goldendoodle dogs. These multigen Goldendoodles are the most likely to be hypo-allergenic as long as they have two furnishing genes regardless of coat type. Knowing the generation information can be incredibly helpful in understanding how your mini Goldendoodle was bred, what type of parents it may have, and how that information can impact your miniature Goldendoodle.

5. Coat Colors

Like other dog breeds, the miniature Goldendoodle comes in many colors. The color and genes of the parents play a large role in the color of the mini Goldendoodle puppy. So, mini Goldendoodle lovers won’t truly know what they may get until the litter arrives. There is a wide variety of colors, shades, and patterns that a mini Goldendoodle can have. While some miniature Goldendoodles will have solid colors ranging from blonde/cream to red, black or chocoloate while others will have multiple colors or patterns. Parti colors have more than 50% white with patches of solid colors. Tuxedos are those that have white chests, white paws, and a white blaze on the face. Mini Goldendoodles can also be Merle, Phantom, or even tri colored. These differences create a sense of uniqueness in every puppy that excite mini Goldendoodle lovers.

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6. Coat types

Mini Goldendoodles come in many different coat types. Every mini Goldendoodle puppy comes with different genetics including coat type and length. These Goldendoodles can have a straight, curly, or wavy coat depending on their KRT71 gene. Additionally, mini goldendoodles can have short or long hair depending on their parents’ alleles. These characteristics can be predicted by experienced breeders.

Another characteristic of mini goldendoodles that may be most noticeable are their furnishings. Furnishings are the facial hair of the face. Some mini Goldendoodles will have furnishings while others have an open face that consists of shorter facial hair. These particular Goldendoodles will have a considerably higher shedding rate. Reputable breeders are now able to produce litters that have predictable coat traits with careful breeding and DNA research.

7. Mini Size

The “mini” in the mini Goldendoodle name is just what it seems. Mini Goldendoodles are smaller than the typical, standard size Goldendoodles. Mini Goldendoodles range from being over 14 inches tall but under 17 inches (at the withers). They are typically 26-35 pounds as compared to the standard Goldendoodle’s weight of 51 pounds or more. Weights can fluctuate based on parents and breed but height plays a large, determining factor in the adult weight of the mini Goldendoodle. Hence, the estimated weight of the puppy is an educated guess by the breeder. But, with health and DNA testing and experience, final size should minimally stray from initial calculations.

8. Highly intelligent

One of the breeds’ most lovable traits is their intelligence. Mini Goldendoodles are known for being incredibly smart family dogs. They are teachable, highly intelligent, and known for following commands. In many testimonials, families will brag on their mini Goldendoodles for being quick learners and intuitive. They are willing to learn new behaviors with positive reinforcement and most of their training can be done at home by diligent owners.

9. Family Dogs

Mini Goldendoodles have remarkable temperaments. They are the perfect fit for families with children as they are patient and kind dogs. These puppies fit the gold standard for being loving and happy when around people. Their excitement and sweet energy are unmatched to other dog breeds as they are easy to be around and even easier to love. You can find many mini Goldendoodles cuddling up to their family or playing in the yard with their kid “friends”.

10. Suitable Homes

The mini Goldendoodle’s petite size makes this dog breed suitable for smaller homes. Because they typically weigh under 36 pounds, the need for an exorbitant amount of space is diminished. While they are not made to be exclusively inside for extended periods of time, their smaller size allows them to be comfortable in smaller spaces and suitable for apartment living. Mini Goldendoodles are often satisfied when snuggled up on the couch with their families and playing with toys inside.

11. Activity

Mini Goldendoodles are loved for their energetic and happy demeanors but their true activity levels range from dog to dog. No individual dog is the same. Hence, some Goldendoodles bark while others do not. These behaviors can be altered through training and other at-home factors. Furthermore, hyperactivity is not a mini Goldendoodle specific trait. Hyperactivity can be the outcome of several environmental factors such as lack of exercise, too much time in a crate, or stimulation by active children. To ensure your mini Goldendoodle’s energy level is appropriate, exercise and playtime is crucial to their development and activity levels.

12. Service/Therapy dogs

Another pro about the amazing mini Goldendoodle is their ability to become service and/or therapy dogs. Because mini Goldendoodles are generally friendly, sociable, and highly intelligent, they can easily undergo the Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International, Inc. training. These tests can certify suitable mini Goldendoodles as therapy dogs for family or volunteer needs. Service dog training is more extensive and typically is done by professional trainers. Because of their already sociable and kind nature, mini Goldendoodles are a great fit for these programs.

13. Enhanced Health

Mini Goldendoodles are among the dog breeds that are complemented by hybrid vigor. Hybrid vigor is a term coined for describing the enhanced health of a dog that is bred from two different, unrelated breeds. Mini Goldendoodles who are not produced from two related lines exhibit this enhancement as they are bred from two different breeds, the miniature Poodle crossed with the Golden Retriever. Our Goldendoodles are never crossed with related lines within three previous generations so the hybrid vigor is not lost when continuing to produce mini Goldendoodles. Additionally, extensive health testing and certification can ensure that this increased health is not lost.

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14. Staying Healthy

As with all dog breeds, mini Goldendoodles can also have health issues. However, these health problems are not unique to mini Goldendoodles alone. All dog breeds are subject to things like hip dysplasia or eye conditions if not carefully bred. Reputable breeders always test their mini Goldendoodles before breeding for a plethora of things, including hip and elbow dysplasia, heart, and eye issues. The best way to mitigate these health concerns is by aquiring your puppy through a reputable breeder who tests for such health issues and ensures good practices. These breeders should be certified and focus on the Goldendoodle Breed Standard.

15. Exercise

One of the best things a mini Goldendoodle owner can do for their dog’s socialization and energy levels is exercise! Whether you take your Goldendoodle to play with other puppies or walk them regularly, consistent exercise is crucial in tiring them out. These activities are a great way for your puppy to expend energy in a way that is suitable and acceptable to your family. Additionally, family walks are a great way to spend time with your mini Goldendoodle in a healthy and fun way. Once fully vaccinated, introducing them to other puppies can be a great socialization tool, too.

16. Crating your mini Goldendoodle

Crate training is a process that is crucial to training your mini Goldendoodle. Ensuring that your new puppy is confined to a crate when unsupervised is essential in preventing accidents and teaching them that they can control the urge to eliminate. Creating and maintaining a schedule for your family is crucial for the development and training of a mini Goldendoodle. Sticking to the schedule and ensuring your puppy is socialized is especially important in the first few months of housetraining. To start, crate time should be limited to three hours before taking the puppy out to eliminate and can increase by one hour after every month of training.

17. Non-shedding

Mini Goldendoodles are also widely popular for their reduced or lack of shedding. Breeders have learned that the non-shedding trait can be attributed to a puppy’s furnishings. This gene determines whether your mini Goldendoodle will be completely non-shedding or low shedding. Some reputable breeders have succeeded in creating multigenerational mini Goldendoodles that are completely non-shedding. These dogs have two copies of the furnishing genes. It was once thought that the curly coat was responsible for a puppy being non-shedding but with testing and new DNA technology, mini Goldendoodles with all coat types can be non-shedding. Having a dog that is non-shedding is favorable to families with allergies to pets and prevents copious amounts of dog hair in your home.

18. Grooming

Because of their coat type, grooming a miniature Goldendoodle is essential to its appearance and cleanliness. Mini Goldendoodles require brushing every day with a slick brush and metal comb to prevent matting of their gorgeous coats. Sticking to a schedule of brushing is essential in training your puppy that grooming is a daily routine so that it becomes easier as they grow older. Additionally, their nails should be clipped monthly; groomers typically include clipping nails as part of their services. You may bathe your mini Goldendoodle as often as needed but you must use a tearless shampoo to prevent drying out their coats. This should be accompanied by teeth brushing. Overall, mini Goldendoodles require some attention and upkeep but are no more difficult to groom than other long coated dogs!

19. Puppy Culture

The best breeders of the mini Goldendoodle often use enrichment programs during the first few weeks of a litters’ life. Puppy Culture is a popular program that sets the gold standard in raising properly exposed and socialized litters. Through this program, topics like early socialization, anti-aggression protocols, handling fear periods, problem prevention and more are covered. There are several stages to puppy culture which signal social progression and development in new puppies. This program takes place prior to being physically placed in their new family’s home.

20. First Steps to getting your mini Goldendoodle

A quality mini Goldendoodle is bred from parents who have been thoroughly tested for healthy genes via DNA and certified free and clear of issues of the heart, eyes, hips, elbows, and patellas. Thus, mini Goldendoodles may be pricier than other breeds. However, this addition to your family is worthwhile as costly health issues down the road not only can exceed the purchase price, the avoidable suffering of the mini Goldendoodle has no price tag. Additionally, regardless of the experience of breeders, the temperament, size, and gender of each puppy cannot be determined before birth. Therefore, breeders often allocate puppies just before 8 weeks of age based on their family’s desires and needs. Applications allow breeders to understand the desired traits needed by each individual family so that puppies can be matched appropriately ensuring compatibility.

21. Uniqueness

All mini Goldendoodles are wonderfully unique in their own ways. As mentioned, these puppies come in a wide variety of colors, coats, and personalities. But, the true mark of a mini Goldendoodle stays the same; they are all incredibly loving and make the perfect family member. Your mini Goldendoodle is bred specifically for some of the greatest qualities that people look for in puppies. They are kind, smart, eager to please, and are the most cuddly, little teddy bears. Adding a mini Goldendoodle to any family is one of the most wonderful decisions that can be made.

Mini Goldendoodles are a fairly new breed and the perfect addition to any family. Their gentleness, friendliness, and cuddly, teddy bear look make them the best dogs for people in all walks of life. This breed mix is all the rage with the perfect characteristic and lovable traits. Not only will you love your mini Goldendoodle, they will love you unconditionally, too. When searching for mini goldendoodles for sale don’t forget to check out Fox Creek Farm Goldendoodles and Bernedoodles.